GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2017 Women's Soccer All-Conference selections and Gallaudet University freshman forward Danielle Wheeler (San Jose, Calif.) and junior forward Brittany Mallach (Milton, Ontario) were selected to one of the three teams. Wheeler landed on the first team while Mallach was selected to the third team.
Wheeler set Gallaudet's single-season goals record with 20 goals this season as the Bison posted their best season in school history. GU set records for wins (8), conference wins (4) and goals scored (55). Wheeler is fourth in NCAA Division III for shots per game (6.69), fifth in shots on goal per game (3.88), 14th in goals (20), 15th in goals per game (1.25), 20th in points per game (2.69) and 22nd in points (43). She is second in the NEAC for goals, points, shots (107), seventh in penalty kicks (1-for-1) and 11th in game-winning goals (2). Wheeler also had five hat tricks this season as she scored a goal in half of the 16 games (15 starts) she played in.
Mallach is 14th in the nation for goals per game (1.27), 19th in goals (19), 26th in points per game (2.6) and 39th in points (39). In the conference rankings, she is fourth in game-winning goals (3), fourth in goals (19), fifth in shot percentage (.404), sixth in points (39) and 16th in shots (47). Mallach had three hat tricks and scored goals in nine of the 15 games (12 starts) played. She broke the school record for goals in a single-season (16 was old mark) first, last month, before Wheeler passed her at the end of the season.
The duo is the most lethal goal-scoring pair in Gallaudet women's soccer history as they combined to tally 39 goals, four assists and 82 points. GU only had 38 goals scored last season as a team. In fact, the combo of Wheeler-Mallach scored more goals this season as a pair than the past six GU teams scored in a season.
Penn St.-Berks swept all of the NEAC individual awards as junior forward Caitlin Golden was named NEAC Player of the Year, sophomore midfielder Megan Jardine was named NEAC Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore forward Melissa Martin was selected as the NEAC Rookie of the Year while their coach Adrian Munteanu was named NEAC Coach of the Year, as selected by his peers, for the second straight year and fifth time overall. The Nittany Lions are 13-5-1 overall, 10-0 in NEAC play and the No. 1 seed in the NEAC women's soccer tournament.
This is Gallaudet's seventh All-NEAC honor since the school joined the conference in 2010 and the first since 2013. Wheeler becomes the first Bison to earn All-NEAC first team honors for women's soccer.
- 2017: Danielle Wheeler - Forward (1st Team), Brittany Mallach (3rd Team)
- 2013: Kara Gulvas - Goalie (3rd Team)
- 2011: Maddie Morgan - Midfield (2nd Team), Katie Benz - Forward (3rd Team)
- 2010: Virginia Keeler - Midfield (2nd Team), Kara Gulvas - Goalie (2nd Team)
2017 Gallaudet University Women's Soccer All-NEAC Honorees
All-NEAC First Team
All-NEAC Third Team
Note: Statistics, rankings through Nov. 1